Thank You, Live Oak Bank & GMU!

I am back in Kansas after a whirlwind trip to Washington, DC where I was part of a fantastic governing contracting event sponsored by Live Oak Bank and George Mason  University.  My panel focused on the legal and practical issues that companies face when they grow out of their small business size standards–an important topic that doesn’t get nearly as much attention as it should.

Many thanks to Jackie Robinson-Burnette, Erin Andrew, Tess Mackey, Jerry McGinn and everyone else who planned and coordinated this event.  Thanks also to my fellow panelists, Gloria Larkin and Rosetta Rodwell–and to everyone who asked questions and stuck around afterwards to chat–for a great discussion about government contracts. And a big thank you to the chefs at Ray’s the Steaks, where I had dinner for the first time in about six years.  Tasty as ever!

Next on my travel agenda: New Orleans, where I’ll be attending the 2018 National Veterans Small Business Engagement and SAME Small Business Conference.  Hope to see you there!

Thank you, Cross Timbers!

It was a great honor to be a speaker at the 2018 Government Procurement Conference in Arlington, Texas. The event was organized by the Cross Timbers Procurement Technical Assistance Center from the University of Texas at Arlington.

My talk ranged from basic bid protest matters, to cybersecurity, to threats facing small businesses (including Amazon), and the 2019 NDAA. I hope those in attendance learned something. I know I learned from you (you know who you are).

Special thanks to Gregory James and Loren L. Hitchcock for organizing the event and everyone who worked so hard to make it happen. It was great to connect with clients and make new friends. Hope to see you all again soon.

Thank You, Indian Country!

I am back from a great trip to Norman, Oklahoma where it was an honor to be part of the annual Indian Country Business Summit.  My talk at the ICBS covered recent legal developments in government contracting law, including the Section 809 Panel reports, the strict SBA SDVOSB ownership requirements, enhanced debriefings, and much more.

A big thank you to the Tribal Government Institute and Oklahoma Bid Assistance Network for sponsoring this wonderful event, and Victoria Armstrong and everyone who worked with her to organize it.  And, of course, thank you to all of the clients, old friends, and new faces I met and spoke with at the conference.

I’ve been a road warrior recently, but will be sticking around town for awhile as the fourth quarter heads into its last stretch.  Next up on my schedule: the Buy, Build and Sell Conference in Washington, DC on October 11.  I’m looking forward to spending a day in my old DC stomping grounds.

Thank You, DOE Small Businesses!

I am back in Lawrence after a great trip to Houston, where I spoke at the DOE 17th Annual Small  Business Forum & Expo.  My breakout session on the Top 10 Legal Issues for Small Contractors covered a range of topics from enhanced debriefings to joint ventures.

A big thank you to Earl Morgan, Anita Anderson, and all the other organizers of this outstanding event.  And thank you, also, to everyone who attended my session and stuck around afterward to ask questions.

I’ll be in Wichita on June 5 to present a much longer version (a half-day!) of the Top 10 Legal Issues seminar.  To register, visit the Kansas PTAC website.  I hope to see you there!

Thank You, Michigan!

I am back in Lawrence after a great trip to Flint, Michigan on Friday for the Region 6 PTAC’s Meet the Buyer event.  My luncheon keynote covered some of the most important recent developments for government contractors, including the SAM “hack,” some major pieces of the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act, and much more.

A big thank you to Jasmine McKenney, Maureen Miller and their colleagues for inviting me to speak.  And thank you, as well, to everyone I met at the event–particularly those who stuck around after the keynote to ask such great questions.

Next up on the travel agenda: a flight south to Houston, where I’ll be presenting next week at the 17th Annual DOE Small Business Forum & Expo.  Hope to see you there!

SmallGovCon Congratulates Matthew Schoonover!

I am very pleased to announced that Matthew Schoonover has been elevated to the partnership at Koprince Law LLC.

Since joining the firm in early 2015, Matt has worked tirelessly on behalf of government contractors across the country.  He’s developed a great reputation in the field and is regularly asked to speak at industry events (in fact, he’s on the road today for a government contracts conference in Texas).  Matt is also a regular contributor to SmallGovCon, where his “5 Things You Should Know” series is one of the blog’s most popular features.

Above all, Matt’s an all-around good person and embodies the values of ethics and professionalism that we strive to achieve every day.  Congratulations, Matt!

Thank You, APTAC!

I am back in Kansas after a fantastic trip to Jacksonville, Florida, where I spent yesterday at the Association of Procurement Technical Assistance Centers Spring Conference. My morning general session focused on important recent developments in government contracting–everything from key provisions of the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act to the impact of the RAND Corporation’s bid protest report.

It was great to see so many familiar faces.  Thank you to all of the wonderful PTAC counselors who attended the session and asked great questions during the presentation and after.  A big thanks to Scott Knapp of our local Kansas PTAC, who provided a warm introduction.  And a special thank you to the attendees who took my advice and really did “live Tweet” about the great pink tie my daughter gave me last Father’s Day!

Spending time with the PTACers is always one of the highlights of my professional year.  If you’re a government contractor who hasn’t yet connected with your local PTAC, you’re missing out.  Visit the APTAC homepage to find out more.